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Nautch girls, Hyderabad

Photograph of nautch dancers at Hyderabad in
Andhra Pradesh, taken by Hooper and Western in the 1860s, from the
Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This is one of a series
of photographs commissioned by the Government of India in the 19th
century, in order to gather information about the dress, customs,
trade and religions of the different racial groups on the
sub-continent. Images like th…